It's there somewhere: Jos Buttler takes a catch in practice

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Cardiff

England's evolution faces a litmus test

What is truth and what is fiction about this England Test side? The next few weeks will show us, but for all the talk of youthful exuberance they will need senior players to lift and a good start is vital

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Chris Read held up Yorkshire with an unbeaten 81

Notts v Middlesex, LV= County Championship Div One, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

Read ton relieves Notts pressure

Chris Read helped himself to a second century of the season as Nottinghamshire dominated day three against Middlesex at Trent Bridge

Jeremy Blackmore at Taunton

Matt Machan made a century to get Sussex back on top

Somerset v Sussex, LV= County Championship Div One, Taunton, 3rd day

Machan gets reacquainted with Taunton

Matt Machin would clearly love to roll this Taunton wicket up and carry it round with him. After scoring his maiden first-class hundred here two years ago, he brought up his fourth century and highest first-class score of 137 not out to put Sussex firmly

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Daryl Mitchell plays a handsome cover drive

Worcestershire v Hampshire, LV= County Championship Div One, New Rd, 2nd day

Relentless Mitchell continues Hampshire domination

Daryl Mitchell continued his relentless domination of Hampshire's bowling by reaching an undefeated 206, his second double-century in the County Championship, in a chanceless innings stretching to nine hours over two days at New Road

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Mark Footitt picked up a six-wicket haul

Derbyshire v Glamorgan, LV= County Championship Div Two, Queen's Park, 2nd day

Ingram, Meschede defy Footitt

Glamorgan took a strong grip over Derbyshire at Chesterfield despite another four wicket haul from England fast bowling hopeful Mark Footitt

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Steven Croft drives through the off side

Lancashire v Essex, LV= County Championship Div Two, Old Trafford, 2nd day

Croft leads professional Lancashire on second day of rain

Although rain has already taken 122 overs out of this game, two full days remain and the 2015 season has already provided many examples of games being completed inside three days' playing time.

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Mehedy Hasan with the Man-of-the-Series award

South Africa v Bangladesh, 2nd Youth ODI, Durban

All-round Mehedi Hasan sees off South Africa

Captain Mehedi Hasan Miraz put in an all-round performance to guide Bangladesh U19s to a 29-run win over South Africa U19s in the second Youth ODI at Kingsmead in Durban

Eddie Leie picked up three wickets on his debut

Bangladesh v South Africa, 2nd T20, Mirpur

Leie showcases his 'flair' on debut

Eddie Leie's international debut was better than any of his countrymen's - his figures of 3 for 16 are the best by a South African on debut - but it was not good enough for promotion to the one-day squad. Not officially, anyway

James Anderson and Monty Panesar walk back after securing the draw

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Cardiff

Pain of '09 near-miss spurs on Australia

Five members of the current Australia squad were present when James Anderson and Monty Panesar defied them six years ago and it was an outcome that set the tone for more than just one series